Student Wage Subsidy

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Program Overview

The Summer Student Recovery Jobs Program promotes the hiring of high school and post-secondary students who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program provides wage subsidies to employers from the private and not-for-profit sectors to employ students aged 15 to 29. In addition to traditional summer jobs, students can help organizations and businesses adapt their workplaces and public spaces to the public health requirements of COVID-19.

Eligible employers

Open to all private sector and non-profit employers operating in Manitoba.

Public sector employers including public health, educational institutions, and municipal/provincial/federal governments and agencies and political parties are not eligible.

Eligible students

To be eligible, the student must:

  • Be a high school or post-secondary student aged 15 to 29 residing in Manitoba;
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, international student, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment; and
  • Be legally entitled to work in Manitoba.

The student must be a new hire for the spring/summer months with a start date of May 1 or later. Existing permanent or part-time employees are not eligible.

Financial support

Employers are eligible to receive a reimbursement of $7 per hour up to a maximum of $5,000 per student employed between May 1 and September 4, 2020.

Employers can be subsidized to hire up to five students

Payment will be made as a lump sum at the end of the employment period, upon proof of payment of student wages.

Employers cannot receive a wage subsidy for any positions that are already being subsidized by another government program. However, employers receiving government wage subsidizes to hire some students can apply to the Summer Student Recovery Jobs Program to hire additional/new students.

In addition to the $7 per hour reimbursement, Charities and Not-for-Profit Organizations are also eligible to receive a $6,000 under the Non-Profit Summer Student Incentive Grant as long as they hire at least one student Full-Time Equivalent under the Manitoba Summer Student Jobs Recovery Program, for at least 8 weeks. The first $3,000 will be disbursed upon receipt of proof of payment of wages and the remainder will be disbursed at the end of the summer employment.

Employer obligations

Under this program:

  • Employers cannot hire a member of their immediate family for any positions for which they are requesting funding. This includes immediate family members of someone who has a direct financial interest in the company (owner, major shareholder), board member, director, executive member of the applicant organization or any person who is involved in the hiring or responsible for the supervision of the employee. Immediate family is defined as a person's smallest family unit, consisting of their closest relatives, such as parents, spouse, siblings, and children. This includes biological, adopted and relatives through marriage.
  • Students hired must not displace any existing employees.
  • Employers must comply with all federal, provincial and municipal laws and regulatory requirements.
  • Employers must provide appropriate supervision and training to each student, and follow Manitoba’s COVID-19 public health guidelines for the workplace.
  • Employers must maintain complete and correct payroll, employment and accounting records, financial documents and other records for each student under this program.
  • Employers must provide Manitoba with a completed student intake and consent form for every student hired under this program. This form is not required prior to applying.

If you have complied with all of your obligations, you will receive payment within 14 days of submitting a claim for each eligible student employee. Each claim package must:

  • Set out the actual hourly wages paid by you to the student during the claim period including proof of payment.
  • Be submitted at the end of the employment period, and no later than October 1, 2020.

How to submit your application

The application for the Manitoba Summer Student Recovery Jobs Program is now closed. You can still apply to receive support for up to 20 new hires under the Back to Work Manitoba program.

Legal action may be pursued in cases of fraudulent applications.

Information for Employers:

Student Jobs MB is a new way to connect you directly to students across Manitoba who have uploaded a profile with their skills and interests.

There are thousands of student profile for you to look at right now and over a 100 new profiles are created every day, giving you lots of options to match with your job.

Every student position that you fill is eligible for up to a $5000 wage subsidy from the Government of Manitoba this summer.

For more information and to register, visit www.studentjobsmb.ca.

For more information about job opportunities and Government of Manitoba hiring programs for students and youth, visit www.gov.mb.ca/jec/syeo/index.html

For General Inquiries

Call: 204-945-3744 or 1-866-626-4862 (Toll-Free)
Email: mgi@gov.mb.ca

Additional information

News Release:

May 28, 2020 - Province Launches Online Tool to Help Match Employers and Students for Jobs

April 24, 2020 - Province Announces up to $120 Million for Manitoba Summer Student Recovery Plan